BACKGROUND AND DETAILS
In light of the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by WHO and its outspread in India, the Government of India has notified it as a ‘Disaster’ under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. In view of the same, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India vide letter
under reference has also clarified that expenditure of corporate funds for COVID-19 is eligible under CSR activity.
There are no AVPN partners currently engaged with this initiative.
The Ranchi District Administration has been on the front foot to combat COVID-19 from the very beginning. Immediate measures, such as placing adequate checkpoints in areas that were exposed to people travelling in from outside Ranchi. The administration began its work by outlining a plan and releasing guidelines on COVID-19 preparedness.
Hand sanitizers were also found to be in shortage and lacking in affordability during the coronavirus outbreak. Markets were locking down on them and sanitizers were already being sold at around five times the price and it was becoming an exclusive product. To tackle this situation, Ranchi District tried to create alternate solutions for an efficient hand rub.
Various other initiatives, such as, sending cooked/uncooked food to those in need, old-age support, surveillance and monitoring of suspects, phone lines to report, etc., are being undertaken by the administration religiously. To scale up the initiatives, increase their penetration and to act upon the Government of India’s guidelines regarding the CSR initiation, several PSUs (Public Sector Undertaking) were requested to participate and help the administration.
More information can be found here on Ranchi District’s emergency relief work.